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Mayra Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

Mayra Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor and Director for Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Campus: 
Auburn Campus
Office: 

243

Phone: 
334-442-4038
Fax: 
334-442-4096
Email: 
mrodriguez [at] auburn.vcom.edu
Curriculum Vitae: 

Dr. Rodriguez is the director of the epidemiology, preventive medicine, and public health curriculum for OMS I and OMSII at VCOM–Auburn. Her experience involves examining language as a mechanism of health behavior change (i.e., alcohol and substance use) among criminal justice offenders using motivational interviewing, a client-centered behavior change therapy among substance users involved in the criminal justice system. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is focused in understanding how social determinants contribute to health disparities, specifically, how life stress and discrimination over the life course impact maternal and child health. Her goal is to contribute context of the health inequality and provide efficient and effective solutions to post-partum care and infant cognitive development.

Education

2014 University of North Texas Health Science Center PhD
2009 University of North Texas Health Science Center MPH
2005 University of North Texas Health Science Center Graduate Clinical Research Training
2001 University of Texas Brownsville BS

Awards and Honors

  • University of North Texas Health Science Center, President’s Hero Award, March 2015
  • Texas Public Health Association, Outstanding Research Paper Presentation, March 2014
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center, Rand Horseman Employee Scholarship, 2013
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center,Oral Presentation Award Research Appreciation Day, February 2009

Current Professional Organizations

  • Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, Society for Epidemiology Research

Current Research Projects

  • 2nd year osteopathic medical students’ exposure to a community health assessment and intervention project

Publications

Year Published Faculty Citation PMID
2017

Rodriguez M, Walters ST, Houck J, Ortiz JA, Taxman FS. The language of change among criminal justice clients: Counselor language, client language, and client substance use outcomes. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2017 Sep 22. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22534. PMID: 28940435.

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2016

Spohr SA, Taxman FS, Rodriguez M, Walters ST. Motivational interviewing fidelity in a community corrections setting: Treatment initiation and subsequent drug use. Journal of substance abuse treatment. 2016 Jun;65; 20-5. PMID: 26365536.

 
26365536
2015

Taxman FS, Walters ST, Sloas LB, Lerch J, Rodriguez M. Motivational tools to improve probationer treatment outcomes. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015 July;43:120-8. 26009023.

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2015

Spohr SA, Taxman FS, Rodriguez M, Walters ST. Motivational interviewing fidelity in a community corrections setting: Treatment initiation and subsequent drug use. Journal Substance Abuse Treatment. 2015 Jul 29. piiS0740-5472(15)00187-7.

26365536
2015

Hensel KL, Buchanan S, Brown SK, Rodriguez M, Cruiser A. Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Effects: The PROMOTE Study. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2015 Jan;212(1):108. PMID: 25068560.

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2014

Rossheim ME, Wilson F, Suzuki S, Rodriguez M, Walters S, Thombs DL. Associations between drug use and motorcycle helmet use in fatal crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention.  2015;15(7): 678-84. PMID: 24245609.

24245609
2014

Walters ST, Ondersma SJ, Ingersoll K, Rodriguez M, Lerch J, Rossheim ME, Taxman FS. MAPIT: Development of a web-based intervention targeting substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system. Journal Substance Abuse Treatment. 2014 Jan;46(1):60-5. PMID: 23954392

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